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The Rat Race: Elections 2004

U.S. presidential and congressional elections. Long shots, sure things, and all the obstacles in the maze. From The Gully.

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Sunday, August 31, 2003
 
Happy Labor Day —
now, get a job!

For his part, George W. Bush will spend Labor Day doing what he does best — not really working. Instead of protecting the country or addressing the nation’s floundering economy, he’ll be raising money for his re-election campaign in Ohio.
MichaelMoore.com (US)

 
Bush's labor play
This poignant Labor Day, when the numbers are bad, the policies are worse and the jobs are disappearing, it's not so much the economy that riles me as the disrespect and the gratuitous contempt with which this administration treats working Americans. The old insult to injury.
Working for Change (US)

 
Decisions, decisions
As labor ponders which Democrat to endorse, it also girds for battle against the GOP in ‘04.
In These Times (US)

 
Bush job performance continues to slip
President George W. Bush’s job performance rating has slipped to 52% positive, 48% negative, acording to a poll of 1,011 likely U.S. voters.
Zogby International (US)

 
Obituary: Sally Baron
Sally Baron, age 71, of Stoughton, Wis., died Monday, Aug. 18, 2003, after struggling to recuperate from heart surgery. Memorials in her honor can be made to any organization working for the removal of President Bush.
madison.com (US)

 
How the Bush campaign has been breaking the law
Let us hope they don't put Potus in the pokey for being too patriotic.
Washington Post (US)

 
Lights, camera, exploitation
In the end 9-11 turned out to be a made-for-TV movie, or rather, the basis for one—a shameless propaganda vehicle for our superstar president George W. Bush.
Village Voice (US)

 
The mother of all nation builders
Ironic, isn’t it? George Bush, reluctant nation builder, is now CEO of the mother of all nation-building projects.
CBS News (US)

 
The permanent election
One of the things that distinguishes advanced democracies from banana republics is that winners and losers accept the results of elections.
American Prospect (US)

 
Hopefuls look to leapfrog into lead
As the presidential campaign moves into a crucial fall phase, the overriding drama for Democrats is the surging, unexpected campaign of former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, who has captivated the imagination of party loyalists, raised the bar on fundraising and forced his rivals to scramble.
Chicago Tribune (US)

 
Dean, Kerry, Kucinich and Wisconsin
Howard Dean's rally in Milwaukee was impressive.
Madison Capital Times (US)

 
In a long presidential race, Dean sprints
Crisscrossing the country this week with Howard Dean, the underdog turned top dog who has surged toward the front of the Democratic presidential primary field, you would almost think there was an election coming up.
New York Times (registr. req'd)

 
Dean moves to lead Democrats against Bush
In a summer of political surprises, Howard Dean catapulted to the head of the Democratic presidential field while President Bush lost his aura of invincibility in Iraq. The fall campaign presents critical tests for both men.
Associated Press (US)

 
Dreams of Jimmy Dean
Back in 1976, Jimmy Carter (to whom Howard Dean talks regularly) seized the White House by presenting himself as a very different creature from the hapless president he later became.
Economist (UK)

 
Dull, but still a draw
Howard Dean, who runs for president in the Democratic primaries early next year, spoke to a New York crowd that appeared larger than the population of Montpelier, the capital of Dean's home state of Vermont.
Newsday (US)

 
Dean surges into wide lead over Kerry
Former Vermont Governor Dr. Howard Dean has surged into a wide lead in polling of 501 likely Democratic primary voters in New Hampshire, according to a new poll.
Zogby International (US)

 
Free fall
Dean is now the front-runner while Kerry sinks into the second tier with his four fellow Washington legislators.
New Republic (US)

 
Kerry’s deceptions on Iraq threaten his presidential hopes
It now appears that his vote last October authorizing the U.S. invasion of Iraq may end up costing him his party’s nomination.
Common Dreams (US)

 
Dennis Kucinich on power to the people
With an estimated 50 million Americans and Canadians left without power and in some cases water, common sense requires us to reflect on the absurdity of deregulation of public utilities.
Alternet (US)

 
Women's groups endorse Moseley Braun for president
On the occasion of Women's Equality Day on Tuesday, a coalition of national women's groups announced their endorsement of former Democratic Sen. Carol Moseley Braun for president at a Washington press conference.
Cybercast News Service (US)

 
General poised to enter race for White House
General Wesley Clark, a former US general who commanded Nato's war in Kosovo, is poised to announce whether he will run for the White House next month and enter the Democratic primaries, party officials said.
Guardian (UK)

 
General interest
Wesley Clark has told associates that he will decide in the next few weeks whether to declare for president. If he does, it would transform the race. Call me star-struck, but he'd instantly be among the top-tier.
American Prospect (US)

 
Chance at presidency wanes the longer Clark waits
Retired Army general Wesley Clark first popped up on the political radar last October when he scooted up to New Hampshire to meet privately with Democratic activists in the first primary state.
USA Today (US)

 
General election
Insiders say it's too late for Wesley Clark to win the primaries. They're wrong.
Washington Monthly (US)

 
Sen. Clinton rules it out
A drop in President Bush's poll numbers has increased speculation about New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton jumping into the 2004 Democratic presidential race—a notion the former first lady rejected again.
Associated Press (US)

Tuesday, August 19, 2003
 
What presidential race?
If anything, Arnold Schwarzenegger's plunge into California politics could turn into a booster rocket for former Vermont governor Howard Dean's presidential campaign.
The Village Voice (US)

 
Oh, yes, the other political story
When a reporter told Mr. Bush that the California governor's race was "the biggest political story in the country," the president got cranky.
New York Times (registr. req'd)

 
Recall circus eclipses 2004 races
The presidential candidates' California money drive has been unexpectedly complicated by the spectacle of the gubernatorial recall.
Chicago Tribune (US)

 
The doctor is in–in your face!
The Dean campaign is now looking to take on Dubya himself.
U.S. News (US)

 
The left's Mr. Right?
Is Howard Dean the Democrats’ path back to power—or a recipe for another 49-state defeat?
Newsweek (US)

 
Who's the real Howard Dean?
Is he the left-of-center insurgent being portrayed in the press or the business-friendly fiscal conservative and pragmatic moderate who governed Vermont for 11 years?
Business Week (US)

 
On board the Dean machine
They say God gave Iowans the power to choose who will be the next president as a consolation prize for a life of corn farming and Wal-Mart shopping.
Philadelphia Weekly (US)

 
Dean offers environmental plan
Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean is proposing an environmental policy that would push automakers to improve fuel efficiency standards and require that part of the nation's electricity supply come from renewable sources.
Associated Press (US)

 
See Howie run
"Running for President?" asks an ad at the Des Moines airport. "Health care better be your priority." As far as I can tell, this ad is targeted at nine people.
Slate (US)

 
Life of the party?
The conservative wing of the Democratic Party calls him another McGovern -- but Howard Dean might be more in touch with today's electorate than his critics.
Salon (subscr. req'd.)

 
Lobbing e-mail at the enemy
When Dotty Lynch, CBS's senior political editor, wrote a column criticizing Howard Dean on foreign policy, she was deluged with e-mails defending the Democratic presidential candidate, often in similar language.
Washington Post (US)

 
Dean's list
Each major Democratic presidential candidate says Howard Dean's rise helps him. Are any of them right?
New Republic (US)

 
Kerry camp split on issue of Dean
Howard Dean's strong fund-raising and recent rise in public opinion polls have created a divide within Senator John F. Kerry's presidential campaign, between aides who want to attack the former Vermont governor to stem the tide and others who believe his wave of support will crest on its own. Boston Globe (US)

 
Lieberman lashes left-wing Democrats
Sen. Joe Lieberman attacked the left wing of his party Sunday, saying Democrats "don't deserve to run the country" if they move left and embrace "the failed solutions of the past."
CNN (US)

 
For Democrats, Mr. Right is Mr. Wrong
Anyone who has spent time on the 2004 Democratic presidential campaign trail is familiar with the phrase "Except Lieberman."
The Nation (US)

 
Graham: Democrats must beat Bush on U.S. security
Democratic presidential hopeful Bob Graham said his party would lose the White House in 2004 if primary voters selected a candidate who failed to credibly challenge President Bush on national security.
Chicago Tribune (US)

 
Poll is big uh-oh for Gephardt
Is Howard Dean on his way to the Democratic presidential nomination? Could be. The Iowa Poll of Democratic caucus-goers shows the former Vermont governor has moved into first place in Iowa, knocking Missouri Congressman Richard Gephardt from that long-held perch.
Des Moines Register (US)

 
Three crucial days for Gephardt
Will the labor movement band together to help Democratic presidential contender Dick Gephardt clinch his party’s nomination? The answer likely will be decided during three days early next month when the biggest union in the labor confederation holds what will amount to auditions for the Democratic contenders.
MSNBC (US)

 
Gephardt absence gives GOP slim victory
Democratic presidential hopeful Dick Gephardt missed a House vote on a Republican-backed bill that would overhaul the landmark Head Start education program, a measure that survived in the House by a hairbreadth margin.
Associated Press (US)

 
Gephardt fights to keep pace
In the White Mountains of New Hampshire, green road signs refer to Route 2 as the Presidential Highway, an apt name for a lonely stretch of pavement where ambitious politicians travel every four years to secure support in the nation's first presidential primary.
Chicago Tribune (US)

 
A 'moral' mission in political final act
Richard Andrew Gephardt, 62, is beginning the final act of his three-decade pursuit of greater national political power by proclaiming a newfound clarity and purpose.
Washington Post (US)

Monday, August 18, 2003
 
The agenda of Dennis Kucinich
Slate is running several series of short features explaining who the 2004 presidential candidates are, what they're saying, and where they propose to take the country. This series outlines what each candidate would do as president.
Slate (US)

 
Open letter to Nader voters and the Greens
Kucinich: We all know we will do better if we work together. Perhaps we can find common ground on issues and principles. I would like to open up that possibility.
Common Dreams (US)

 
Green Party taking the plunge for 2004
Few Green Party leaders seem willing to urge that Greens forego the blandishments of a presidential campaign. The increased attention – including media coverage – for the party is too compelling to pass up.
AlterNet (US)

 
Democrats stump on GOP turf
Six of the nine candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination descended on the rural college town of Stillwater, Okla., aggressively attacking President Bush and demonstrating that they believe every vote may count in the wide-open race.
Washington Post (US)

 
The Democrats in Iowa: Field of Dreams?
Iowa during the presidential primaries seems like an oasis of participatory democracy.
AlterNet (US)

 
Democrats plug away, 1 Iowa voter at a time
America's political circus may have moved to California for the summer, chasing a recall election that only Hollywood could script, but attention-craved Democratic presidential hopefuls are determined to create a show of their own in Iowa.
Chicago Tribune (US)

 
Priority: Memo to Dean, Kerry, Gephardt, et al
Re: Secret Strategy to Win the White House
Utne (US)

 
Democrats sense opportunity in '04
Democrats increasingly believe their presidential nomination will be worth having after all – assuming they don't split apart first.
Dallas Morning News (US)

 
Democrats bash Bush in Chicago
The Democratic presidential sweepstakes rolled back into Chicago, providing all nine hopefuls a chance to stress their union credentials, take a few jabs at one another and take a lot more at Bush.
Chicago Sun-Times (US)

 
How badly do you want to win?
Do you want a different president in 2004? I’m asking this as a serious question, not a rhetorical one. Do you want it badly enough to actually do what is necessary to win the election that will take place just 17 months from now?
In These Times (US)

 
James Carville's Rx for Democrats
What does the recent episode of House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Bill Thomas calling the Capitol police to round up Democratic committee members have in common with the Texas Legislature's redistricting fight, Florida's last presidential election, and Bill Clinton's impeachment?TomPaine.com (US)

 
The Democrats' war trap
Dick Gephardt deserves Howard Dean. In a sense, he created him.
Washington Post (US)

 
The Dems inch forward
Sure, Bush has power, a tendency to hold grudges, and a campaign war chest of epic proportions. But the Democratic candidates are slowly mounting a challenge.
Mother Jones (US)

 
The old college try
Link for each of Democratic candidates to an Electoral College projection should that candidate challenge President George W. Bush in the 2004 election.
Larry Sabato's Crystal Ball (US)

 

Gen. Clark's backers, brewing up a draft

It's Meetup night for the Draft Wesley Clark movement, and early Monday evening, there's a sign on the door leading upstairs: "Closed for Private Party."
Washington Post (US)

 
Cuomo calls on Gore to seek presidency
Labeling the Democratic voices from the presidential field "babble," prominent Democrat Mario Cuomo is calling on former Vice President Al Gore to enter the race for the party's nomination.
Associated Press (US)

 
Patriotic Gore
Here, the mainstream media almost always allow the Bush Administration to lie without consequence. It's not that lies go unnoticed; it's just that it's considered bad manners to worry about so silly an issue--and never more so than when those lies are deployed to justify a needless war.
The Nation (US)

 
W's New Deal?
He is risking his presidency, his nation's fiscal and geopolitical strength, and the conservative movement. If he wins, he is FDR. If he loses, he is LBJ.
Washington Post (US)

 
For Bush, loss of jobs may erode support in South Carolina
Asked for a show of hands in Spartanburg to indicate how many of the executives voted for Mr. Bush in 2000, all indicated they had. Asked for a show of hands of how many would be willing to abandon him in 2004, all indicated they would.
New York Times (subscr. req'd.)

 
Leave no millionaire behind
The President and his party have cooked up the ultimate recipe for keeping political power. A nation in a constant state of anxiety -- over the thereat of terrorism, or a potential war -- is a nation off balance. And that insecurity is the perfect cover to divert public attention from the country's serious domestic problems and the administration's political agenda.
Mother Jones (US)

 
Why Bush, GOP can block all inquiries
The urge to investigate defined the capital during the Clinton years. But no more.
USA Today (US)

 
9/11 will echo in 2004, but how loudly?
To what extent is it appropriate for the imagery of Sept. 11 to be incorporated into the political appeals of Mr. Bush and his Democratic opponent?
New York Times (subscr. req'd.)

 
GOP attacking Democratic critics on issue of Iraq
Top Republican officials launched a fierce counter attack against Democratic critics of the prewar intelligence about Iraq, harshly ridiculing their political opponents for challenging President Bush on foreign policy and foreshadowing an approach the party plans to take in the 2004 presidential campaign.
Boston Globe (US)

 
Bush's lies vs. Clinton's lies
Lying about war is more serious than lying about sex -- which is why the president's free ride is coming to an end.
Salon (subscr. req'd.)

Thursday, August 14, 2003


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